“Be Brave. Be Weird. Be Unequivocally You.”
Charlotte received her RYT 200 through Konalani Yoga Ashram, Hawaii in 2012.
As a self-proclaimed "non-athlete" who shied away from sports and gym class, I was surprised to find myself so drawn to yoga after my first lass. I was eighteen, awkward, and highly uncoordinated, but yoga offered me two valuable gifts --- permission to have a sense of gracefulness, and permission to forgive myself when I momentarily lose that grace; permission to be balanced and to fall. But school, friends, and life got in the way. After a very inconsistent home practice throughout college, I stopped doing yoga altogether during my early twenties. I lost my way, felt directionless. I would have denied it at the time, but I was falling into a deep state of depression. I was still getting up every day, going to work, paying my bills, but without a sense of purpose, I was simply going through the motions. I was surviving instead of living, and I felt incredibly alone.
Then little by little I found my way. I found a studio, rediscovered my practice, and although neither one was close to perfect, they felt like home to me. So after over a year of regular studio practice, I began to research teacher trainings and was drawn to a month-long immersion at an ashram in Hawaii. With the support and encouragement of friends, I took the plunge, got accepted into the training, and headed to Konalni Yoga Ashram in February of 2012. Training was intense, eye-opening, and a definite reality check that teaching would be much more challenging than I had originally thought. It is unsurprising, then, that I struggled so much as a new teacher back in Atlanta.
I put teaching on an indefinite hold and became a deeply committed student. My practice was stronger and more well-rounded than ever, and I also discovered and tapped into the lively and colorful acro yoga scene in town. But something was still missing.
And like clockwork, the invitation to teach at a brand-new, not-yet-open Thunderbolt seemed to fall into my lap. My ego, the small and scared version of myself, wanted to badly to say "No." But my true, curious self said "Just try." All I had to do was try. So I did, and I felt new, green, unsure. Then I remember something a teacher said to me right before I left for training -- "You don't learn to be a teacher during your training, you learn to become a teacher by teaching." So I kept going. And my quiet voice got louder, my nerves got smaller, and I started to actually feel like a teacher. And I never looked back. I gave "Yes" a shot, I said "More please" to new opportunities, to more classes.
Now I am starting a new chapter, opening the door to teaching full-time. I am trying to keep my eyes open, my mind receptive. I am finding and honoring my boundaries. I am looking for balance, on my mat and off. I want to be fully for my studio and my students when I am working, and fully for my loving boyfriend Luke and our two wonderful, sweet dachshunds, Olive and Blinkin, when I am at home. I am striving to improve, to never stop learning, but also to stay immersed in each moment, to be right where I am (even if I mess up!)
I hope to always have the heart and soul of a student. I like to make life more colorful and adventurous, for myself and for those around me. I want to share my gifts with the world and help others do the same.
And I don't know where this journey will take me next, but I am certainly loving the ride...almost as much as I love puppies!!
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Yoga Alliance RYT 86950
"No rain, no rainbow"
Leticia received her RYT 200 through Red Hot Yoga Studio.
"Originally from Venezuela I met Yoga almost 8 yrs ago, when I moved to Atlanta, and fell in love with the mind and body connection I found the very first day I walked into a hot room and fell off a Tree Pose. I have developed my yoga practice along these years here in Atlanta completing 500hr Yoga Teacher Certification at Red Hot Yoga and training with several world recognized teachers such as Meghan Currie, Bryan Kest, Missy White, David Regelin and Taylor Harkenss.
Preceding my yoga journey I earned an MBA and I've enjoyed successful corporate business career for more than 12 years but is Yoga what brings true fulfillment to my live through self-discovery, awareness, self-acceptance and compassion. My main goal while teaching is to spread the yoga goodness encouraging students not to focus only on the work-out but on the work-in, to let go and be fully present to explore their full potential.
Yoga is my lifestyle but I also do a bunch of other stuffs, I runs Marathons and I'm ACA Paddle Yoga Certified and Pilates instructor, so my teaching style combines athletic and challenging flow with a gentle and reenergizing practice. As an achiever (very type A) I like to excel, so you join me on the mat let's set boundaries but not limits, you will feel stronger, energized, relaxed and centered. "Bring it OM", is my mantra and my favorite words of wisdom are: "Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have rainbow without a little rain”
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Yoga Alliance RYT 101508
Elizabeth received her RYT 200 through Red Hot Yoga in 2014, and has continued her education at both Thunderbolt Power Yoga & Pavones Yoga Center, Costa Rica.
Yoga Junkie, Dog Lover & Food fanatic. I am a former real estate paralegal who decided to trade in my heels for barefeet. Yoga gave me the freedom to be myself. I used to be a gymnast & dancer so when I found yoga it brought me back to all the things I loved as a kid. I remember the quote "If you ever lose site of your passion, revert back to what you loved most when you were a child." Those words really hit home for me & I decided to live my life to the fullest. I discovered through both my faith & time on my mat that I could let go of things in the past that I'd held on to. Yoga healed the internal pain I experienced & truly gave me the strength to express my full authenticity. I think my biggest take aways from the practice of yoga include being humble, authentic, kind, grateful. My passion lives in inspiring others to bring all of these qualities into their lives. There's so much more to this beautiful practice than the physical asana...it can transform your soul in away that gives you infinite freedom. Who wouldn't want to share that with the world?
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I'd done yoga on and off for 6 years prior, but after I stopped working, I found Thunderbolt and started doing yoga more days than not, which quickly turned into every day. In combination with the other healthy lifestyle changes I was making, I felt better - mentally, physically, emotionally - than I had in a long time.
I decided to get my RYT-200 certification as soon as the opportunity presented itself, and I graduated in May 2016. I wanted to further my personal practice and share my journey with others as well as have the amazing opportunity to learn from them.
After taking that wonderful year off, I have now been back in the corporate world for 5 months. While I enjoy the challenges of my career, I am pursuing it with more balance this go 'round. My daily yoga practice provides me the foundation and motivation to be my best version of me each and every day, and being able to teach yoga allows me to share the powerful, positive energy of this beautiful practice with a group of people seeking the same serenity that I am.
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Yoga Alliance RYT 168970
After sixteen years of practicing yoga, I felt inspired to take TPY Teacher Training to deepen my own practice with no expectation that I might one day teach. As training progressed, I found myself drawn to the possibility of teaching in order to give back some small measure of the gifts my teachers have given me over the years. As a teacher, I hope that I am able to share what I find beautiful about yoga with others.
I am lucky to have the staunch support of my husband, John, our two sons, Johnny and Nate, and our dog, Buddy."
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YA RYT 196330
Then my husband and I spent four months hiking up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. The stillness of mind that I found in the midst of the day to day grind of backpacking was truly my first authentic experience of meditation. Losing myself in the rhythm of it, absorbing the natural beauty all around me, gave me a taste of a spiritual connection that I craved more and more of.
Once we returned to what most would call normal life, I needed a means of fostering and evolving that connection. And the way that presented itself to me was yoga. The combination of movement, breath and sweat allowed me to let go and be right there, on the mat and in that moment. After a few years of developing my personal practice, I decided to merge a love and a gift. My love of yoga as expression through movement and my gift of being able to help others find joy through their own creative assertions.
Now that I have completed my yoga teacher certification at Thunderbolt, I am confident in my path and sure of my place on it. My creativity continues to flourish and my yoga practice blesses me with a peace that keeps the rest of my crazy life in perspective. My hope is that as I walk this path, I help the yogis who move with me to be strong, connected, happy and creatively expressed."
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Yoga Alliance RYT 199993